Henry James Writing Styles in The Wings of the Dove

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Point of View

In order for James to achieve his goals relative to this work, it was obviously necessary to use a third person omniscient point of view. By allowing the reader to access behaviors, dialogue and the inner most thoughts of the major characters, the plot unfolds in much greater detail, and the reader is able to more fully understand the sequencing, rising actions, and ultimate climaxes throughout the work. A prime example of this understanding are the many portions during which Merton Densher contemplates his relationship with Kate, his reactions to Maud Lowder's judgments concerning him, his struggle with the part he must play in Kate's scheme, and his moral dilemma of courting Milly in a dishonest manner. As well, Milly's thoughts provide a far more complete picture of her beliefs about the purpose of her life and her desire to provide pleasure, peace and happiness for...

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